Associate Purchasing Agent

Fond du Lac
Full time

Job Details



This position is responsible for procuring products (components and end assemblies) not manufactured in-house. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage all aspects of the supplier interface with a focus on performance, cost, flow of incoming materials and disposition of non-conforming goods on multiple commodities.
  • Select vendors based on their commitment to quality, on-time delivery, and pricing; results are obtainable by final negotiations.
  • Maintain procurement settings and safety stock for assigned suppliers.
  • Actively manage inventory levels for assigned products to meet metrics by using lean concepts and effective supply chain management such as lead time reduction.
  • Maintain close contact with vendors by correspondence, telephone and plant visits.
  • Work closely with product engineers and marketing to determine technical specification for product categories purchased.
  • Publish and contact top suppliers semi-annually with vendor analysis ratings and secure corrective action when applicable.
  • Work closely with Customer Services to confirm dock dates and expedites.
  • Other job activities as assigned.

Essential Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Experience:

  • High school diploma required; Associate’s and/or Bachelor’s Degree in Business related field preferred; 0-3 years of purchasing experience in an MRP environment
  • Working knowledge of Word, Excel, Power Point and Access
  • General knowledge of ERP systems
  • Knowledge of lean concepts such as pull systems, vendor inventory, consignment inventory and lead-time reduction programs
  • Professional verbal and written communication skills with internal customers and vendors
  • Strong negotiation skills; ability to multi-task; effective organization and coordination skills in a team environment
  • CPIM certification preferred
  • Ability to travel as needed

Equipment Used:

  • Computer, telephone, and other office equipment

Personal Protective Equipment/Clothing Required (PPE):

  • Safety glasses and hearing protection as required.
  • ESD smock and grounding equipment as required.

Physical Demands:

(Not Applicable, Occasionally [1-33%; 0-2.5 hrs./day], Frequently [33-66%; 2.5-5.5 hrs./day], Constantly [>66%; 5.5+ hrs./day])

Physical Abilities

  • Stand – Frequently
  • Walk – Occasionally
  • Sit – Constantly
  • Climb – Not Applicable
  • Crawl – Not Applicable
  • Squat – Occasionally
  • Kneel – Occasionally
  • Bend – Occasionally
  • Twist – Occasionally
  • Use of Hands/Fingers – Constantly
  • Reach Outward – Occasionally
  • Reach Above Shoulder – Occasionally


  • 10 lbs. or less – Frequently
  • 11-20 lbs. – Frequently
  • 21-50 lbs. – Occasionally
  • 51-100 lbs. – Occasionally


  • 10 lbs. or less – Not Applicable
  • 11-20 lbs. – Not Applicable
  • 21-50 lbs. – Not Applicable
  • 51-100 lbs. – Not Applicable

Sensory Requirements

  • Speech – Yes
  • Vision – Yes
  • Touch – Yes
  • Hearing – Yes
  • Smell – Yes




High School or better in General Studies.


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